About Anna

Welcome to My Hat Trick! I am very pleased to “meet” you. When I was a little girl, I dreamed of being a writer. I enjoyed writing poetry and short stories and started my first journal when I was eleven years old. For as long as I can remember, I have loved reading, dreaming, exploring, and stargazing. I love to cuddle! I love practicing yoga and I absolutely, positively love making people laugh (especially my kids!).

I attended Michigan State University and while I studied some English and writing, I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to be when I grew up. After graduation I moved to Alexandria, Virginia and took my first job as an administrative assistant at NCTE, a non-profit membership organization for English teachers. I helped edit journal articles, wrote a little, and did a lot of other stuff. I went on to work with a couple other non-profits in Washington, D.C. before I landed my first writing job as a technical writer. It wasn’t the kind of writing I had dreamed of doing as a child, but I really enjoyed the craft and was happy to be employed as a writer. After work, I spent a lot of time volunteering in various capacities at a shelter for battered women and their children in D.C. I was so deeply moved and disturbed by the stories of the women and children I met at the shelter that I decided to pursue a degree in Social Work. About two weeks after my husband and I relocated to Michigan for grad school, we found out I was pregnant with our first child. Once I completed my MSW at the University of Michigan, I decided to “stay-at-home” with my son.

When my dad died unexpectedly in March 2010, I again turned to writing to explore my grief. Almost a year later, I started using My Hat Trick to share some of what I have discovered about life and loss. I live in Southeast Michigan with my husband, our three children, and a great big yellow lab.

6 thoughts on “About Anna

  1. Anna, congratulations on your new site. Looking forward to your thoughts while traveling. Love, the mom.

  2. Congrats on your journey, so happy to know you and love you and wish you all the peace in your heart and life. Namaste see sister, happy travels and….watch for bumps :) Love you, Sarah

  3. Anna, I’m so proud of you and I admire your courage! You have always had a sweet and caring spirit and I’m glad to see how you are reaching out to others. Death is such a hard topic to discuss and affects us all so differently. My prayer is that through your blog not only will you continue to grow closer to God, heal and gain peace about your father’s death and pursue your gift of writing… but that also, the many people reading it will come to an awareness of God and also know that they are not alone, especially during times of suffering.

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